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WICK­LOW ROVERS

The se­nior men kept their win­ning run go­ing when they claimed all three points in a good 6-3 vic­tory at the week­end.

They made the long jour­ney to take on Port­laoise AFC and turned in an im­pres­sive dis­play. Luke Byrne net­ted a brace with Gareth Mur­phy, Adam Cox, Ciaran McGettigan and Jim Fo­ley all scor­ing one a piece.

This win sees them close the gap on the lead­ers and with games in hand it’s very much in their own hands to have a ti­tle tilt.

Our newly formed sec­ond team which will be com­pet­ing in the divi­sion one of the Wick­low League kicked of their new sea­son on Sun­day.

It’s a very young side with a sprinkle of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and their first game was against a much more ex­pe­ri­enced Wick­low Town side.

It proved to be an ex­cit­ing lo­cal derby in which the Town won 3-2, the lads will prob­a­bly feel they should have taken some­thing from the game as they did have sev­eral chances.

Luca Ram­per­saud found the back of net with two goals in a game that was a good in­tro­duc­tion to se­nior foot­ball for this young side.

The un­der-12Bs made it back to back wins when they de­feated Grey­stones United at White­gates. In what was a tight, evenly con­tested game a lone Evan Con­yard goal ended up the only thing that sep­a­rated the two sides. The lads have now recorded two wins from three games in group 2.

Our un­der-15 girls were in­volved in a six-goal cup thriller when ex­tra time failed to give us a win­ner. Rovers ladies drew 3-3 with Lake­lands in what was a crack­ing quar­ter-fi­nal cup tie. Aoife Caf­frey gave Rovers the lead early in the sec­ond half but they were pegged back when the vis­i­tors scored a de­served equaliser. This just seem to spur the girls on, and they re­sponded with a goal from Molly Sweeney and a sec­ond of the game from Aoife Caf­frey to race into a 3-1 lead.

This cup tie served up twists and turns ga­lore and Lake­lands came roar­ing back with two goals of their own with the lev­eler com­ing deep into in­jury time. Ex­tra-time failed to pro­duce a win­ner and it was on to the dreaded penalty shootout. Abi Smith pro­duced three ex­cel­lent saves from the spot kicks and Rovers ran out win­ners 5-4 on penal­ties to progress to the semi-fi­nal.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our un­der-13As who cre­ated a bit of club his­tory re­cently, the lads added the DDSL Satur­day ‘A’ league ti­tle to the Gerry Mur­phy Cup they won ear­lier in the sea­son to be­come the first team in the club to win a DDSL dou­ble. They also were run­ners up in the Li­ons Club spon­sored All Ire­land Cup go­ing down to Tul­lam­ore Town in Da­ly­mount Park re­cently. All in all, the lads have had a very suc­cess­ful sea­son and their man­age­ment team of Keith Earls, Stephen Earls and Danny Earls must be over the moon with their first sea­son in the DDSL.

Our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion is still rum­bling on, the week­end saw us com­plete round 9 and an in­trigu­ing head to head bat­tle be­tween Mark O’Neill and Ja­son Tal­lant con­tin­ues. Mark’s se­lec­tion Crys­tal Palace obliged for him on Satur­day when they beat Burn­ley 2-0 and he must have been think­ing he had one hand on the Last Man Stand­ing ti­tle.

Ja­son went with Chelsea and their 2-0 Lon­don derby vic­tory against Ful­ham en­sures we will be mov­ing on to round 10. Ev­ery­one at the club would like to wish both Mark and Ja­son the very best of luck in round ten. Once again, a big thanks to ev­ery­one who sup­ported our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion, your con­tin­u­ous sup­port is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

The club’s weekly ju­nior soc­cer academy con­tin­ues ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing (weather per­mit­ting) un­der the watch­ful eye of se­nior club coach Johnny Dunne. The academy takes place on the all-weather pitch on the club grounds at White­gates and is open to all kids from the age of three years to eight years.

The academy starts at 11am and fin­ishes at 12. There is no need for regis­tra­tion so you can come along to any week that suits.

Come along and learn the skills of foot­ball while have fun and en­joy­ment, it’s a great way of meet­ing new friends as you learn the skills as you get pre­pared for the in­tro­duc­tion to par­tic­i­pate in or­gan­ised league foot­ball in the com­ing years.

Any­one with any­thing for our club notes, Face­book page, club web­site or our weekly on­line newslet­ter can con­tact me by email at [email protected]­mail.com or by text at 087-9108706.

For all news re­gard­ing the club, check out our club web­site at www. wick­lowrovers.com or view our club Face­book page.

NEW­TOWN JU­NIORS

Some of our teams have en­tered the WDSL Fut­sal com­peti- tions which will take place over the week­ends of 8th/9th and 15th/16th De­cem­ber. There will also be Fut­sal days in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

The fol­low­ing are the de­tails on the Fut­sal we have at present:

Ses­sion/slots will take no more than two hours. In the 8s and 9s sec­tion last week­end in Aughrim our un­der-8s started out with a 2-0 win over En­niskerry, fol­lowed by a 5-1 re­verse against St. Pats of Avoca be­fore end­ing on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller against Ark­low United. Well done to all the play­ers, Bobby Spil­lane, Gerry Hoban, Aaron Nolan, Nathan Dono­hoe, David McCor­mack and Rory Bres­lin.

The un­der-9s drew 1-1 with Cool­boy Rangers, lost 2-0 to Ark­low United and won 3-0 over an All-Star team. Well done to the play­ers, Ryan McDon­ald, John Tur­ley, Alex Ryan, JV Kelly, Sean Mi­randa, Oisin Duffy and Leon O’Con­nor.

Up­com­ing Fut­sal fix­tures are as fol­lows:

Un­der-8s/Un­der-9s (play­ers born in 2009/2010) - Un­der-8 team on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 from 2-4pm in New­town; Un­der-9 team on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 from 12-2pm in New­town.

Un­der-10s (play­ers born in 2008) - Un­der-10 Black team on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 from 10am12pm in Aughrim and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 in Aughrim from 122pm; Un­der-10 Red team on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 from 12-2pm in New­town and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 from 2-4pm in Aughrim.

Un­der-11s (play­ers born in 2007) - Un­der-11 team on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 from 2-4pm in New­town and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 from 2-4pm in New­town.

(Dates and KO times are sub­ject to change).

Our ever-pop­u­lar Devel­op­ment Squad has started back and will con­tinue ev­ery week­end from 10am un­til 11am (in­doors) and new play­ers are al­ways wel­come. The cost is €3 per head. Due to the lack of space in the sur­rounds of the sports hall it may not be pos­si­ble for all par­ents to view train­ing in­side the play­ing area.

Also, due to the large num­bers at­tend­ing, any play­ers fail­ing to at­tend for a num­ber of weeks with­out com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the coaches may have to wait un­til spa­ces in the squad be­come avail­able again.

At the mo­ment we have a large num­ber of boys and girls at­tend­ing each week and thank­fully at the mo­ment we have the re­quired coaches needed but we wouldn’t say no to a few more vol­un­teer coaches. If you think you can give an hour or two each week, please con­tact our sec­re­tary at the con­tact de­tails be­low.

Three play­ers from the club will cel­e­brate a birthday around this time and they are Finn Hef­fer­nan from the Academy team, Max Syn­nott from the un­der-12s and Reece Gaynor from the un­der-14s. Happy birthday to all three from ev­ery­one at New­town Ju­niors F.C.

By the time you read this sec­tion we may have a win­ner of our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Our Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion will go into a ninth week af­ter both our re­main­ing play­ers Marie McGuirk and Peter Hef­fer­nan had se­lected Crys­tal Palace in Week 8 and they duly obliged with a 2-0 home win over Burn­ley.

Fix­tures for Week 9 will be for the mid­week fix­tures of Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4, and Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5. The Prize Pot for the com­pe­ti­tion is €550. The very best of luck to our re­main­ing two play­ers. All se­lec­tions must be in on or be­fore 7pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4. Thank you ev­ery­one for your con­tin­ued sup­port. You can keep up­dated with the progress of our com­pe­ti­tion and the rules on our Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on all mat­ters New­town Ju­niors F.C. please con­tact the sec­re­tary at 087 6987653 or by email to [email protected] and you can also fol­low the club on our Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

AVON­MORE FC

Another huge per­for­mance by our un­der-12A team to­day as they trav­elled to Grey­stones in the last of their shield matches.

Un­beaten in this com­pe­ti­tion the lads were de­ter­mined to keep their win­ning streak alive.

Gavin in goals had a busy af­ter­noon as Grey­stones pressed time and time again, but man of the match Os­car Dowl­ing set­tled his back line and the lads soon found their feet.

Con­stant pres­sure saw us hit the cross­bar and some great keep­ing from the Grey­stones shot­stop­per en­sured it was nil all at the break.

Paddy Harper and Kian Fluskey in mid­field were im­mense while Ethan Tarmey sup­plied some ex­cel­lent crosses from the wing.

It was from one of these crosses that Kian Fluskey fi­nally broke the deadlock and put one past the Grey­stones goalie.

Leighton Do­ran worked tire­lessly in de­fence and we held on for a well de­served win.

Nail-bit­ing game, lads, well done to all.

BRAY WAN­DER­ERS

Lotto draw - There was no jack­pot win­ner on De­cem­ber 2. Num­bers drawn were 2, 8, 14 and16.

€30 lucky dip win­ners were Olivia Hart­ney c/o Char­lie Ka­vanagh, Michael Caulfield c/o M. Caulfield, Pa­trick O’Brien c/o St. Joseph’s Boys FC.

Next jack­pot is €10,775. You can play the Bray Wan­der­ers Lotto on­line through our web­site.

Club shop – The club shop will be open in the Carlisle Grounds from 10am to 5pm, Mon­day to Fri­day. Many price re­duc­tions on Nike gear.

2019 Sea­son - The 2019 SSE Air­tric­ity League Pre­mier Divi­sion will be­gin on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, while Bray Wan­der­ers will kick off their First Divi­sion cam­paign a week later on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 22. The mid-sea­son break will take place from Satur­day, June 15 through to Thurs­day, June 27.

The EA SPORTS Cup Fi­nal will be played on Satur­day, Septem­ber 14 with the Ir­ish Daily Mail FAI Cup Fi­nal on Sun­day, Novem­ber 3.

The of­fi­cial fix­ture list for the 2019 sea­son will be re­leased on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 19.

For the lat­est club news visit our web­site at www.bray­wan­der­ersfc.ie.

Sheila Mor­rin, Con Mor­rin, Au­drey Con­roy and Vin­cent Tiv­nan at the Bless­ing­ton GAA Night at the Dogs fundraiser in New­bridge.

Wick­low’s Si­mon Breen pre­pares to be tack­led dur­ing the Le­in­ster League Divi­sion 1A clash with Kilkenny in Ash­town Lane.

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